Jung, Psychedelics, and Therapy: A Process Work & Harm Reduction Approach

with Will Hall, MA, DiplPW.

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Neuroscience, biological reductionism, psychedelic exceptionalism, the disease treatment model... today's overhyped growth market for psychedelic "therapy" is dominated by unexamined assumptions that are flawed -- and dangerous.

 Jung’s own views on psychedelic risks are widely disregarded and mis-appropriated. In practical and accessible terms, what does ethical harm reduction work with these unpredictable substances look like? Together we will rethink the “psychedelic renaissance” from a Jungian and Process Work perspective: class is open to all.

Psychedelic therapy isn't what you think it is: learn why from a Jung and Process Work harm reduction perspective.

What You Will Learn

This course is open to everyone, including people who are unfamiliar with Process Work or unfamiliar with Jung, and who want to learn a useful, harm reduction based, ethical approach to psychedelics, especially psychedelics in the context of therapy.

  • From a practical and accessible standpoint, what is the framework of Jungian and Process Work “therapy”? Is it an intellectual philosophy? Is it ecological? Is it an esoteric practice or “shamanism,” in the trans-cultural understanding?
  • Based on his writing, what was Jung’s view of psychedelics? Would Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology see psychedelics differently?
  • Today’s psychedelic therapy industry often refers to Jungian methods including “active imagination”, “the confrontation with the unconscious,” and “integration”. Is their understanding correct?
  • Can psychedelics and altered states of consciousness potentially play a role in therapy from a Jung and Process Work perspective? If so, how? How might this contrast with neuroscience biological reductionism, psychedelic exceptionalism, and the “treatment” model of psychedelic therapy?
  • What practical frameworks are useful for adapting therapy for people with psychedelic experiences? How does this contrast with dominant models today, especially the flawed understandings of “integration,” “being a guide,” and consent in the psychedelic experience?
  • Is there an important difference between supplying, trip-sitting, guiding, psychedelic therapy, and integration, or are these concepts artefacts of the commercialization and medicalization of psychedelics?
  • Are existing Process Work understandings of altered states sufficient for meeting and working with clients experienced with and/or interested in taking psychedelics?
  • What additional knowledge is crucial for engaging with psychedelics?

What real harms exist with psychedelics, and what additional unique  harms are possible when psychedelics are mixed with the vulnerability and power imbalance of therapy? What is the historical track record of psychedelic therapy in protecting clients? What safeguards are essential to protect people from harm – and what are some danger signs that “psychedelic therapists” and “guides” are misusing their power? 

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About Your Teacher

Will Hall
MA, Dipl PW.

TEACHER, Radio Host, Mental Health Advocate

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, PhD Candidate Maastricht University, is a Process Work diplomate therapist and trainer internationally recognized for his innovative work with psychosis treatment, psychiatric medications, and changing the social response to madness. He is host of Madness Radio, co-founder of Freedom Center, co-founder of Portland Hearing Voices, co-founder of the Hearing Voices Network USA, and a past co-coordinator of The Icarus Project. Will was trained in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice and studied Arnold Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology, a Jungian approach, at the Process Work Institute in Portland Oregon. A schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, Will is a longtime organizer with the international psychiatric survivor movement, and has appeared in several documentary films including CrazywiseHealing Voices, and Coming off Psych Drugs; A Meeting of Minds .He has received media coverage in the New York TimesNewsweekForbesRadio New Zealand, HaaretzRadio Sarajevo, and The Guardian. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health, Oxford University’s Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary ApproachJournal of Humanistic Psychology, and Research Ethics journal, and his book is Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness. His work has received recognition in disability rights activism including the Judi Chamberlin Advocacy Award and the Stavros Center for Independent Living Disability Rights Award. Will is author of the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, which has been translated into 14 languages and is widely used as a resource by patients, families, clinicians, and recovery groups around the world. 

Will trained with leading psychedelic teachers in the 1990s but helped break media silence around psychedelic therapy abuse when he wrote about his personal experiences on Mad In America and Medium, catalyzing widespread media attention. Will’s therapy practice includes work with people who have taken psychedelics, and he supports access to these substances and ending the war on drugs, but he is opposed to “psychedelic therapy” and the medicalization and commercialization of psychedelics.


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